Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Brief Autobiography [1]

June [15?] 1858

Born, February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Education defective.

Profession, a lawyer.

Have been a captain of volunteers in Black Hawk war.

Postmaster at a very small office.

Four times a member of the Illinois legislature, and was a member of the lower house of Congress. Yours, etc.,



[1]   NH, II, 368. According to Nicolay and Hay, ``The compiler of the ``Dictionary of Congress' states that while preparing the work for publication, in 1858, he sent to Mr. Lincoln the usual request for a sketch of his life, and received the following reply.'' The Dictionary of Congress, compiled by Charles Lanman, was published in 1859. Lincoln's manuscript has not been located.